Category Archives: meditation

5 Ways to Be Gloriously Present in the Moments of Your Precious Life

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“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”
— Jack Kerouac

Hello! Are you in there?

Are you sleepwalking through your days like a zombie?

Or are you wide awake, present to the infinite potential for peace, happiness, and fulfillment available right now?

Zen Mind – Beginner’s Mind: How to Tap into it

Beginner's Mind

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki

What would you rather be, a beginner or an expert?

The answer seems clear, doesn’t it? Most people would choose to be an expert, and not a beginner.

In fact, many people hate being a noobie, rookie, greenhorn novice, or tenderfoot – or whatever derogatory words we use for beginners.

How to Prepare for Life (and Death)

We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance. ~ Marcel Proust

How many of us can honestly say that we are ready to die?

A Blueprint for Mindful Travel

For the past three years, my wife and I have traveled through Asia, the US and Central and South America…

And while it’s been an amazing journey – full of adventure, intrigue and lots of street food – living a truly nomadic lifestyle has its drawbacks.

Everyone knows about the benefits of travel: new experiences, new cultures, new ways of thinking and living…

… but there’s a dark side,

How a Simple Loving-Kindness Meditation Can Transform Your Life

loving-kindness-meditationBy Mary Jaksch

Do you want to change?

Do you maybe want to become happy, wise, peaceful, or simply – a better person?

When you look deeply into your desire for change, you may find something uncomfortable at the bottom – a lack of self-love and self-acceptance.

In ancient teachings reaching right back to the time of the Buddha, we can find ways to cultivate loving-kindness toward ourselves and others.

How Mindfulness Transforms Ordinary into Extraordinary

Learn Mindfulness meditation

By Mary Jaksch

When the mind is neither in the past or the future and we are completely present, our experience changes in a significant way.

Suddenly life seems more spacious and more peaceful.

When we are mindful, we are available for life, and aren’t trapped in our own little world.

Whether it’s peacefulness, or anger, or boredom, or elation, or fear –

How to Find Ease in the Turmoil of Life

By Mary Jaksch

When we see a wilting plant, we know what to do. We water it.

But when we are exhausted and stressed, it’s often difficult to know how to recover.

The problem is that the exhaustion many of us suffer from can’t be fixed by a holiday at the beach, or a visit to a day-spa. Because it’s not just our body that’s exhausted,

Nature. Beauty. Gratitude

By Mary Jaksch

Beauty inspires gratitude. But only when we become aware of beauty.
Live rushes on and it’s easy to get immersed in the mind tape that takes about ‘me’, ‘mine’, ‘myself’ – instead of taking a moment to appreciate the beauty that is all around us.

Stop for a moment and appreciate whatever you see, hear, or feel right now. If you have a few minutes, watch the inspiring video below.

Deepak Chopra: Why Gratitude Helps You Get in Touch With Your Soul

By Mary Jaksch

Gratitude is a wonderful emotion. What happens when you feel grateful is that your ego disappears for a moment. Instead of trying to project yourself into the world, you become open and receptive.

If you want to feel happier, try keeping a ‘gratitude journal’. At night, just before going to sleep, write down everything you feel grateful for as you review the day. It’s a proven way to feel happier.

How Meditation Can Make You Feel Happier

By Mary Jaksch

There’s an ongoing debate about whether meditation actually makes us feel happier.
Is happiness really a side effect of meditation?

The answer lies in the emotional thermostat

We all have an emotional thermostat. There is an emotional ‘set-point’ around which our daily mood swings. For some people, the setting is low and they experience mostly darker moods. Others have a higher set-point that allows them to experience sunnier moods.